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BALLADS AND POEMS 1915-1930 [LTD ED 85/201 SIGNED], Benet, Stephen Vincent
1 BALLADS AND POEMS 1915-1930 [LTD ED 85/201 SIGNED] Benet, Stephen Vincent
Garden City Doubleday, Doran & Co 1931 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
1st ed. #85/201, sgd by Benet. 8vo, orig bds; spine darkened, slipcase with paper label (scuffed & edge worn) . Unopened [uncut]. 10 x 6.875". ; Signed by Author; 0 35501 
Price: 46.95 USD
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Man Does, Woman Is, 1964 [signed Limited Edition], Graves, Robert
2 Man Does, Woman Is, 1964 [signed Limited Edition] Graves, Robert
Cassell 1964 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Limited edition of 175, signed on limitation page by author. Publisherr's original clear plastic dustwrapper. During Grave's lifetime he published more than 140 books, including fifty-five collections of poetry (he reworked his Collected Poems repeatedly during his career) , fifteen novels, ten translations, and forty works of nonfiction, autobiography, and literary essays. From 1961 to 1966, Graves returned to England to serve as a professor of poetry at Oxford. In the 1970s his productivity fell off; and the last decade of his life was lost in silence and senility. Robert Graves died in Majorca in 1985, at the age of ninety. This volume is considered one of his major works. ; Signed by Author; 0 37671 
Price: 159.80 USD
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STUFF AND NONSENSE [SIGNED, LIMITED ED], De La Mare, Walter
3 STUFF AND NONSENSE [SIGNED, LIMITED ED] De La Mare, Walter
London Constable 1927 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket Illustrated by Bold 
#272/275, sgd by De la Mare. 8vo, orig cloth & bds, morocco spine label; slightly scuffed, some dust smudging, label chipped. Woodcut illus by Bold. Mostly unopened. Some discoloration to verso of limitation page. Constable'smonthly list laid in with offsetting to opposed page. ; Signed by Author; 0 35502 
Price: 72.85 USD
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